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State leaders open career opportunities for students

State leaders open career opportunities for students

There’s a gap between the number of skilled trade professionals leaving career fields and the number of promising youth ready to take the reins.

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Health care debate gets middle school take

Health care debate gets middle school take

It’s been an issue thoroughly hashed out by grown-ups.

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Badge and Bar: May 19 court date set for former Hall jailer accused of battery

Badge and Bar: May 19 court date set for former Hall jailer accused of battery

An ex-jailer from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office charged with violation of oath by a public officer is set to appear before a judge May 19 in Superior Court.

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Movie filming scenes at Amicalola Park

Amicalola Falls State Park is the backdrop for a new movie starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.

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Ellis treads tough road in District 3 race

Ellis treads tough road in District 3 race

Lifelong Hall County resident Steven Ellis has an uphill battle trying to unseat Scott Gibbs in the District 3 Board of Commissioners race this year.

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Dawson jailer fired after arrest


Children dig in at community garden

Children dig in at community garden

The Gainesville Housing Authority kicked off a community garden project Wednesday with a lot of little help at Melrose Apartments.

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Ambulance hits house after state patrol says brakes failed

Ambulance hits house after state patrol says brakes failed

An ambulance struck a house on Old Flowery Branch Road in South Hall County on Wednesday afternoon after the brakes failed on the vehicle, according to Georgia State Patrol.

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Deal signs bill allowing guns in more places

ELLIJAY — Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed gun carriers can take their weapons, as the governor signed a bill allowing them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.

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Johnson High’s special education students raise morning flags

Johnson High’s special education students raise morning flags

Some very special students are now responsible for the daily raising of the flag at Johnson High School.

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Lula City Council expenses, compensation ordinance passes

Lula City Council has approved an ordinance that lays out how council members will be paid for extra meetings and how much they can expect to be reimbursed.

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Students win awards for drug-free videos

Students from Flowery Branch High School and Gainesville Middle School walked the red carpet Tuesday to collect awards for videos promoting drug-free lifestyles.

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Eyes on the Road: Ramsey traffic light moving closer to reality

Hall County is moving forward on a traffic signal at Ramsey Road and Ga. 365 in northeast Hall.

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Man pleads guilty to assault after start of trial

Man pleads guilty to assault after start of trial

A Gainesville man decided to plead guilty to assault charges after his trial was underway.

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Drowning investigation continuing

Drowning investigation continuing

Gainesville police said Tuesday there was no new information as to how or what caused the apparent drowning of a man Thursday in Lake Lanier.

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Bus donations to help Gainesville schools

Bus donations to help Gainesville schools

Gainesville Middle School Principal Ken Martin has a lot of use for an extra school bus.

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Georgia Supreme Court upholds man’s murder verdict

Georgia Supreme Court upholds man’s murder verdict

The Supreme Court of Georgia unanimously upheld Tuesday a Gainesville man’s convictions of malice murder and other crimes for beating to death his girlfriend’s 18-month-old daughter and physically abusing her other two children.

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Planning board votes against Lanier Plaza redevelopment

Plans to redevelop the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road were dealt a setback Tuesday night.

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Lula confers with residents on bracing for coming growth

The displays at the Lula Train Depot depicted a reinvigorated downtown, with storefronts getting a makeover and a “streetscaping” effort sprucing up Main Street.

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New correctional institute construction underway in Hall

New correctional institute construction underway in Hall

Construction has started on the Hall County Correctional Institute.

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Glades Reservoir agreement up for renewal

While a federal permit needed to proceed with the Glades Reservoir project remains in limbo, local governments and authorities are extending the time frame for negotiations with Glade Farm LLC about payments and other proposed amendments to a lease management agreement.

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The Local Agenda: Planning board to review Lanier Plaza redevelopment

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board will meet today to consider the proposed redevelopment of the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road.

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Hall County likely to approve farm wineries

Farm wineries are prohibited in Hall County, but that’s likely to change soon.

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Gainesville schools set timetable for budget

A slight increase in expected property tax revenue and funds coming from the state are two factors being considered as Gainesville Board of Education members prepare for budget discussions.

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Most local schools improving, according to state measurement

Most Hall County schools and some Gainesville schools have improved in the past year, according to the state’s new scoring guidelines.

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$8 million approved for Brenau construction projects

Brenau University is prepared to move forward with $8 million in campus construction projects after the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority on Monday approved issuing revenue bonds to pay for the developments.

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Rabid raccoon found in North Hall

A rabies alert has been issued for the Northwoods Road area of North Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with a dog.

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Lula to consider council member pay, reimbursement

Lula is looking to set limits on unforeseen compensation and reimbursement of expenses.

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DOT updating state rail plan

The Georgia Department of Transportation is updating the state’s long-range rail plan, which affects Hall County, with its heavy freight traffic, Amtrak passenger service and proposed commuter and passenger rail lines.

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Saturday yard sale to raise funds to fight cancer

The Times Relay for Life team is hosting a community yard sale at The Times from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Performance scores to be released for area schools

Individual school scores could possibly go down this year, but that’s ultimately a good thing according to state officials.

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Class Notes: UNG considered top underrated Georgia college

The University of North Georgia Nighthawks were proclaimed the most underrated college in the state by a business news website.

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Voter registration deadline is today

Today is the voter registration deadline for the May 20 primary election.

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Area breast cancer education events offer weekend of awareness

Two area events this weekend are striving to provide free education and awareness on breast cancer.

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Panter ready for ‘nervous’ run a year after Marathon bombing

Panter ready for ‘nervous’ run a year after Marathon bombing

For his part, Dr. Allan Panter couldn’t say whether his wife, Theresa, should run in this year’s Boston Marathon — as he’s not the one logging the miles by foot.

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Many like changes to state’s health insurance plan

State employees, including teachers, are a little bit happier with their health benefit plans following some changes.

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People’s pontif earns praise from religious leaders

People’s pontif earns praise from religious leaders

When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, became the first non-European pope in 1,200 years in March 2013, he also carried a burden of expectation.

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Weather Service aims for more accurate tornado warnings

False alarms during severe weather can draw the ire of residents, or worse a complacency that causes people to ignore real dangers.

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Celebrating Mother Earth

Celebrating Mother Earth

Earth Day isn’t until Tuesday, but a few residents grabbed shovels, axes and rakes and got their hands dirty to show appreciation to Mother Nature.

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Rain not a damper for March of Babies

Doctors, former patients and hundreds of other walkers didn’t let rain dampen their enthusiasm for helping ensure healthy babies Saturday.

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Development Authority considers financing Brenau projects

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority is considering issuing $8 million in bonds to pay for a new dormitory, anatomy lab and field house at Brenau University. 

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Photo essay: Good Friday Stations of the Cross

Photo essay: Good Friday Stations of the Cross

Members of St. Michael Catholic Church spend Good Friday at Laurel Park for the living Stations of the Cross.

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Hall officials seek extension of Glades Reservoir agreement

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority on Monday will consider renewing an agreement for the Glades Reservoir project with Hall County and Glade Farm LLC.

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Lanier Plaza redevelopment poses traffic problems

If the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road is redeveloped as proposed into a 42,000-square-foot grocery store and accompanying 12-pump fueling station, it will generate 6,627 daily two-way trips down the Gainesville thoroughfare, according to a traffic study performed in late March. 

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Tuition rates to increase at public institutions

Tuition rates to increase at public institutions

Tuition rates are rising once again at public colleges and universities in Georgia, including the University of North Georgia.

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Man gets 18 months in motorcycle gang bust

A judge said Friday that although the government’s conduct had raised some eyebrows, it didn’t excuse the actions of a Gainesville man who served as lookout for federal-agent-initiated drug deals.

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Man reported drowned at country club

Gainesville police and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are investigating the reported drowning of a Gainesville man in Lake Lanier.

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Man charged in Clermont bank robbery

A Cleveland man has been charged in the Tuesday armed robbery of a North Hall County bank.

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DOT crews plan work on I-985, I-85 next week

Crews will be working next week on Interstate 985 in Hall County and Interstate 85 in Jackson County, the Georgia Department of Transportation said.

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Fire damages Atlanta Highway house in Flowery Branch

Hall County firefighters were called to a blaze on Atlanta Highway in Flowery Branch this afternoon.

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